New York Lawmaker Wants to End Gas Station Fire Systems

September 18, 2013

A state lawmaker says New York is trying to rescind a requirement for gas stations to have automatic overhead fire extinguishing systems that can quickly smother a fire or explosion at the pumps.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi opposes the proposal he said quietly passed an advisory committee this year.

The Utica Democrat says the fire suppression systems required since the 1980s are even more necessary now with the state saying many stations must have emergency generators so they can keep operating during power outages like those caused by Superstorm Sandy.

A state advisory panel has questioned the effectiveness of the fire systems and a convenience store association challenges the need for the costly devices.

There was no initial comment Monday from the state Department of State, which is considering the measure.

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